The book was first published on January 2, through MTV Books and deals with the subject matter of a teenage girl that must deal with the reality that the father that molested and sexually abused her and several others is getting an early release from jail. After Such A Pretty Girl's release in , Weiss has received several letters from people of various ages relating their experiences with sexual abuse. The story takes place over a time span of 3 days, and set in Estertown, a fictional town in New Jersey. The story begins with Charles, Merideth's father in jail for molesting children.
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The book was first published on January 2, through MTV Books and deals with the subject matter of a teenage girl that must deal with the reality that the father that molested and sexually abused her and several others is getting an early release from jail. After Such A Pretty Girl's release in , Weiss has received several letters from people of various ages relating their experiences with sexual abuse. The story takes place over a time span of 3 days, and set in Estertown, a fictional town in New Jersey.
The story begins with Charles, Merideth's father in jail for molesting children. Though he was sentenced to nine years, he is released after only three. Though her mother, Sharon is thrilled, Meredith is horrified because she knows he will molest her again. Meredith's mother, Sharon, pretends that Charles simply made a mistake and arranges for them to live near him.
The whole town avoids Merideth's family because they know Charles may try to hurt their children, with some businesses even refusing them service. In order to escape Charles, Merideth attempts to run away several times.
The first time, she ran away to her boyfriend Andy's house. Andy is 19 and is paralyzed since the night he graduated High School. He and his religious mother are planning to go to Iowa to meet the victim's soul to cleanse him in the next couple of days.
The second time, she went to her Mothers mom's house, who is Mayor. Later in the book, Meredith and Nigel, one of her friends who is a police officer, plan to catch her father. They set cameras all around the house, especially in her room.
This is a very big help because Meredith's father tried to hurt her while her mother left them alone together. To save herself, Meredith takes a Virgin Mary statue and hits her father with it. Her father becomes unconscious. In the aftermath of the attack, her mom is confirmed to be pregnant and spent the following days by Charles' side in the hospital. Meredith is safe again and now lives at her grandmother's. Critical reception for Such A Pretty Girl has been positive.
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Such a Pretty Girl
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Meredith Shale is fifteen years old and lives in Estertown worth her mother Sharon. They have spent the past three years living without her father, as he has been incarcerated for molesting Meredith and other children. The court system had promised Meredith nine years of safety by sentencing him to a term that would not finish until after Meredith had left home, but he managed to convince them of remorse and was released after only three. Although Sharon, Meredith's mother, could have divorced him in that time she did not, instead supporting him wholeheartedly and visiting him in jail every week.
Such a Pretty Girl Summary
Such a Pretty Girl. A nail-biter of an ending. Her voice is whip-smart, self-aware and full of dry humor This novel is perfectly paced, the momentum never slowing as it races toward the inevitable showdown.
A darkly compelling novel about a young woman who must defend herself against her abusive father. They promised Meredith nine years of safety, but only gave her three. Her father was supposed to be locked up until Meredith turned eighteen. She thought she had time to grow up, get out, and start a new life. But Meredith is only fifteen, and today her father is coming home from prison.
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